The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS, pronounced git-seez) broadens access to instrumental music and serves more than 15,000 children and adults annually through its core educational programs, community activities, and performances. Led by Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith and nine conductors, GTCYS serves 1,100 students ages 7-18 through 10 school-year orchestras, summer activities, and Harmony strings instruction program. Committed to increasing access and breaking down barriers, GTCYS provides $180,000 in need-based tuition assistance and support for private lessons. GTCYS typically presents 25 annual concerts at Orchestra Hall, Ted Mann Concert Hall, and free community concerts at homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. Started in 2016, GTCYS’ equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives have demonstrated strong results and remain a top priority. GTCYS celebrated its 50th Anniversary Season in 2021-22 and is poised for continued momentum. For more information, visit www.gtcys.org.